Paul is expected to be designated as one of the Clippers’ six-year-contract players, making his deal worth around $210 million. But it’s uncertain whether the Clippers would do the same for the oft-injured Griffin, especially if L.A. can’t make any progress in this year’s postseason. Redick would prefer to stay with the Clippers, but if the team makes a commitment to both Griffin and Paul, Redick may become the odd man out. He is a career 41.3 percent 3-point shooter, and would have an ample stable of suitors on the market. There was a chance for the Clippers to address these issues at the trade deadline (or last summer), but Rivers decided to try one more run with the current group.
Limited Womens John Greco Jersey Thibodeau was going to change that, immediately and convincingly. That’s what the league’s observer class assumed, at least. He was always wary, though, about the project he was taking on when he landed in Minnesota last offseason.
The Wolves are 23rd in efficiency this year, a modest improvement. But in their last 11 games, the Timberwolves have held opponents to 100.5 points per game, without slowing down their own offense (106.0 points). In the first 56 games of the season, the Timberwolves allowed 105.8 points, 47.3 percent shooting and 36.4 percent 3-point shooting. In addition to dropping their average points allowed, teams have shot just 44.0 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from the 3-point line against Minnesota in the last 11 games.
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Thibodeau brought to Minnesota a reputation for defensive acumen, his blitzing style having been the backbone of the Celtics’ NBA Finals teams of 2008 and 2010, as well as his 51-win-per-season teams in Chicago.